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Authorised form of nameFairbairn; Sir; William (1789 - 1874)
Dates1789 - 1874
NationalityBritish
Place of birthKelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Date of birth19 February 1789
Place of deathThe house of his son-in-law, Mr Bateman, Moor Park, Surrey
Date of death18 August 1874
Dates and placesBurial:
Prestwick, Northumberland
OccupationEngineer
ActivityHonours:
Bt 1869
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election06/06/1850
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Royal Medal 1860
Lectures:
Bakerian 1860
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
References:
T M Charlton, 'Contributions to the Science of Bridge-Building in the Nineteenth Century by Henry Moseley, Hon.Ll.D., FRS and William Pole, D.Mus., FRS' in NR 1975-6 vol 30 pp 169-179
A N Rollinson ' Engineering and Technology of industrial water power at Castleford mills from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century.' Notes and Records vol 70, 2016, pp 45-63
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/63995149
Royal Society codeNA6039
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AP/40/13Unpublished paper, 'On the daily fall of the barometer at Toronto' by Thomas Hopkins1857
EC/1850/11Fairbairn, Sir William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
AP/41/4Unpublished paper, 'On the influence of heated terrestrial surfaces in disturbing the atomsphere' by Thomas Hopkins1858
AP/55/6Unpublished paper, 'On the durability and preservation of iron ships and on riveted joints' by William Fairbairn1873
AP/39/21Unpublished paper, 'On the action of aqueous vapour in disturbing the atmosphere' by Thomas Hopkins1857
IM/001346Fairbairn, Sir Williamnd
IM/Maull/001348Fairbairn, Sir Williamnd
NLB/5/878Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Leonard C Lindsay, Secretary, Victorian Exhibition, 121 Regent Street, W9 November 1891
RR/3/101Referee's report by Robert Willis, on a paper 'On the resistance of tubes to collapse' by William Fairbairn24 May 1858
RR/4/87Referee's report by Robert Willis, on a paper 'On the resistance of glass globes and cylinders to collapse from external pressure; and on the tensile and compressive strength of various kinds of glass' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate10 June 1859
RR/4/88Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine , on a paper 'On the resistance of glass globes and cylinders to collapse from external pressure; and on the tensile and compressive strength of various kinds of glass' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate6 July 1859
PT/70/5Paper, 'Experiments to determine the effect of impact, vibratory action, and long continued changes of load on wrought iron girders' by W [William] Fairbairn[1864]
RR/5/73Referee's report by Alexander William Williamson, on two papers, 'On the oxidation and disoxidation effected by the alkaline peroxides' by Benjamin Collins Brodie and 'On the law of expansion of superheated steam' by William Fairbairn22 October 1862
RR/7/242Referee's report by William George Armstrong, on a paper 'On the durability and preservation of iron ships, and on riveted joints' by William Fairbairn10 July 1873
RR/7/241Referee's report by William Pole, on a paper 'On the durability and preservation of iron ships, and on riveted joints' by William Fairbairn21 June 1873
MC/10/170Letter from Thomas Fairbairn, Bramridge House, Bishopstoke, to Dr Joseph [Dalton] Hooker, President of the Royal Society23 November 1874
MS/426/513Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to William Fairbairn25 April 1882
IM/001349Fairbairn, Sir Williamnd
RR/3/102Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the resistance of tubes to collapse' by William Fairbairn29 May 1858
S/0010Sculpture bust of Fairbairn, Sir William1855
PT/60/12Paper, 'Experimental researches to determine the density of steam at different temperatures, and to determine the law of expansion of superheated steam' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate[1860]
PT/39/7/13Plate, solid wrought-iron beams by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/6Plate, strength of riveted plates by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
RR/1/61Referee's report by Robert Willis, on a paper 'An experimental inquiry into the strength of wrought-iron plates and their riveted joints as applied to ship-building and vessels exposed to severe strains' by William Fairbairn26 June 1850
PT/39/7/4Plate, strength of riveted plates of Yorkshire iron by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/11Plate, frame with double-angle iron for construction by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/5Plate, strength of riveted plates by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/2Plate, plan and section of Low Moor Yorkshire iron plates by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/3Plate, plan and section of Derbyshire iron plates by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/14Plate, wrought-iron beam with two bars by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/10Plate, iron frames for construction by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/12Plate, section of angle-iron beam by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
Pt/39/7/20Plate, malleable iron beam by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/17Plate, beam with a single flanch by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/16Plate, rectangular arrangement of wrought-iron beams by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/19Plate, malleable iron beam by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/7Plate, strength of riveted plates by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/8Plate, single riveted plate of iron by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/9Plate, strength of riveted plates by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/15Plate, wrought-iron beam with vertical rib and angle-irons by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
PT/39/7/18Plate, beam with a double flanch by William Fairbairn10 April 1850
RR/3/235Referee's report by William Fairbairn, on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine28 November 1856
RR/3/15Referee's report by William Fairbairn, on a paper 'On an element of strength in beams subjected to transverse strain, named by the author - the resistance of flexure' by William Henry Barlow21 April 1857
RR/4/89Referee's report by Robert Willis, on a paper 'Experimental researches to determine the density of steam at different temperatures, and to determine the law of expansions of superheated steam' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate23 March 1860
RR/4/92Referee's report by William Hallowes Miller, on a paper 'Experimental researches to determine the density of steam at different temperatures, and to determine the law of expansions of superheated steam' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate[1860]
PT/60/12/2Plate, two globes connected by bent tube filled with mercury by unknown artist[1860]
PT/60/12/3Plate, 'Apparatus for experiments on the density of steam at pressures from 15 to 70 lbs. per sq. in.' by [William] Fairbairn[1860]
PT/60/12/6Plate, incorrect version of 'Specific volume or ratio of volume of steam to that of the water which produced it' by unknown artist[1860]
PT/60/12/4Plate, 'Apparatus for ascertaining the density of steam, at pressures below that of the atmosphere' by [William] Fairbairn[1860]
PT/60/12/1Manuscript, 'Experimental researches to determine the density of steam at different temperatures, and to determine the law of expansion of superheated steam' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate[1860]
PT/60/12/5Plate, 'Specific volume or ratio of volume of steam to that of the water which produced it' by unknown artist[1860]
PT/66/2Paper, 'On the law of expansion of superheated steam' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate[1862]
PT/66/2/1Manuscript, 'On the law of expansion of superheated steam' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate[1862]
PT/66/2/2Plate, 'Apparatus for determining the law of the expansion of superheated steam' by [William] Fairbairn20 March 1862
RR/5/75Referee's report by Robert Willis, on a paper 'Experiments to determine the effect of impact, vibratory action, and long-continued changes of load on wrought-iron girders' by William Fairbairn7 March 1864
PT/75/7/33Table, 'Resistance of six-inch tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/35Table, 'Resistance of ten inch tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/34Table, 'Resistance of eight inch tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/36Table, 'Resistance of twelve-inch tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/37Table, 'Resistance of tubes with lap- and butt-joints' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/39Table, 'Resistance of four-inch tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/32Table, 'Resistance of four-inch tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/40Table, 'Resistance of elliptical tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/31Diagrams, tubes and apparatuses used in resistance experiments by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/7/38Table, 'Resistance of eight-inch tubes' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/8/5Diagrams, glass cylinders, globes, and resistance apparatus by unknown artist[1859]
PT/75/7/41Table, 'Resistance of tubes to internal pressure' by [William Fairbairn?][1858]
PT/75/8/6Diagrams, glass cylinders and resistance apparatus by unknown artist[1859]
MC/6/200Letter from Thomas Fairbairn, 23 Queen's Gate, to General [Edward] Sabine, President of the Royal Society7 February 1862
MC/6Volume 6 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1859-1863
MC/8/190Letter from W [William] Fairbairn, the Athenaeum, to the Royal Society11 May 1868
RR/5/74Referee's report by William Pole, on a paper 'Experiments to determine the effect of impact, vibratory action, and long-continued changes of load on wrought-iron girders' by William Fairbairn16 April 1864
PT/39/7Paper, 'An experimental inquiry into the strength of wrought iron plates and their rivetted [sic] joints as applied to ship-building and vessels exposed to severe strains' by Wm [William] Fairbairn10 April 1850
MC/8Volume 8 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1867-1869
P/0039Portrait of Fairbairn, Sir William1872
MC/10/180Letter from Thomas Fairbairn, Bramridge House, Bishopstoke, to Professor [Thomas Henry] Huxley, [Secretary of the Royal Society]17 December 1874
MC/10Volume 10 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal SocietyJuly 1873-1876
AP/55/6/1Unpublished manuscript, 'On the durability and preservation of iron ships and on riveted joints' by William Fairbairn1873
AP/55/6/2Unpublished diagrams and photographs, iron rivets by William Fairbairn1873
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